Play Index now online

Play Index on WilsonWeb is the electronic version of Play Index – the print version is in Main Library Reference, Call# PN1655.P55.

In the Play Index you can search over 30,000 plays written from Antiquity to the present and published from 1949 to the present in the convenient electronic form that many of you prefer.

An invaluable aid to finding the perfect plays to match your production resources, Play Index covers a wide range of plays written in or translated into English, including mysteries, pageants, plays in verse, puppet performances, radio and television plays, and classic drama. Search for plays by title; author; subject (sisters, culture conflict, marriage); style (symbolism, experimental theater); genre (comedy, melodrama, musical); cast type; and more. Play Index provides the full publication details needed to locate the play in its published manifestations.

For plays published separately, the publisher, date, pagination, ISBN, and LC number are given. Plays in collections link to full bibliographic information. Teachers, students, drama coaches, theater groups, directors, performers, and researchers will heavily use this outstanding resource. Its broad scope- from puppet plays to classical drama- and detailed cast analysis make Play Index suitable to a variety of uses. Play Index includes plays published as single volumes and also plays in anthologies and collections. All Play master records contain a link to the results of an Internet metasearch of specially selected Web sites to link to full text, criticism, and other useful information.

Kristen Nyitray

Kristen Nyitray

Associate Librarian; Director, Special Collections and University Archives; and University Archivist at Stony Brook University Libraries
Contact her for research assistance with rare books, manuscript collections, historical maps, and SBU history. E-mail:
Kristen Nyitray
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